Carlos Sainz believes his sixth place finish at the British GP was a positive result, though he couldn't help but feel his Ferrari had more potential given teammate Charles Leclerc's performance.
The Spaniard's chance at a podium finish was dashed on Lap 29 when a slow tyre change cost him time. As for Leclerc, he led most of the race only to be overtaken by Lewis Hamilton in the closing stages, with Sainz pointing out that Ferrari's pace should have seen both cars finish in the top three.
“Yes, of course, when you have such a strong pace and you do fastest laps and you are basically as fast as we were today it’s obviously difficult to take," Sainz told RacingNews365.com and other members of the media. "But considering that 65 laps ago [in Sprint Qualifying] I was last and I managed to finish sixth with a very slow pitstop, it is still a positive result.
"I think the team has been great in pit stops this year and it’s the first mistake we do. It is what it is, it’s always going to happen during the year and congrats to Charles because today he put the car where it belonged.”
Sainz finished less than a second back of McLaren's Daniel Ricciardo, however Sainz stated it was all but impossible to pass him on track after falling behind due to his slow pit stop.
"It was pretty much impossible for us today," Sainz added. "Even though our pace was much quicker than Daniel's we managed to overcut him at the pitstop, but unfortunately the slow pit stop put us behind him again.
"A bit of a shame but one slow pit stop is always going to happen during the year and today was my turn."
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